By the time the Orioles signed McLouth off the scrap heap in June, Duquette's pattern of stockpiling anybody and everybody with a track record was well established. So grabbing the former All-Star outfielder after he hit .140 in 34 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates was both expected and underwhelming. It wasn't known at the time that McLouth would end up being arguably the biggest key down the stretch for the Orioles. He took over the left-field job when he was recalled Aug. 4 and then, when Nick Markakis went down with a broken left thumb on Sept. 7, McLouth was thrust into the leadoff role. Overall, he hit .268 with a .342 on-base percentage and was the only Oriole to bring his bat to the American League Division Series, hitting .318 in five games. This move would have been higher on the list, but the 31-year-old McLouth is now a free agent and may not return.
Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun
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